Retrofitting Brings Energy-Efficient HVAC to Campbell Junior High

WINCHESTER, Ky. — Before Robert D. Campbell Junior High School’s HVAC system was retrofitted with controllable chilled beam pump modules (CCBPM) in late 2015, the school used ventilators to cool the facility and waited long periods of time for the building’s temperature to change.

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AECOM Commits to Lowering Greenhouse Gas Emissions

LOS ANGELES — AECOM, a fully integrated global infrastructure firm based in Los Angeles, announced on August 10 that it is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent by 2020. To achieve this goal, the company will focus on its largest sources of emissions, which includes fleet vehicle fuel, purchased electricity and heating and cooling for offices.

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Silver Oak Named First Commercial Production Winery to Receive LEED Platinum

OAKVILLE, Calif. — Silver Oak Winery has been named the first commercial production winery in the world to earn LEED Platinum certification, the USGBC’s highest level of recognition.

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Living Product Expo 2016 Gears Up For Second Annual Event

PITTSBURGH — The annual Living Product Expo 2016 is set to take place September 13-15 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Now in its second year, the expo is hosted by the International Living Future Institute and is designed to inspire a revolution in the way sustainable materials are designed, manufactured and delivered.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst Adopts Solar Initiative

AMHERST, Mass. — The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass Amherst) has taken on a solar energy initiative designed to save over $6.2 million across a timespan of 20 years. The initiative will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide enough energy to power 900 Massachusetts homes.

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Aluminum Use Grows in Sustainable Design & Construction

CHICAGO — The Empire State Building, constructed in 1930 to 1932, was the first building to make major use of aluminum. Since then, the use and value of aluminum has increased drastically in green design and sustainable construction. Not only does it cost less than contemporary construction materials like steel and concrete, it reduces sustainability costs and increases a building’s efficiency.

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World Green Building Council Sets New Goal for Net-Zero Buildings by 2050

PARIS — The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) announced a new project on June 30 that aims to achieve net-zero building performance by 2050. The project, Advancing Net Zero, will help WorldGBC and Green Building Councils in countries with some of the highest projected growth in building roll out net-zero building certification and training so that these highly-efficient buildings become commonplace over the next 35 years, according to a statement by WorldGBC.

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Solidiance Ranks Top 10 Green Performing Cities in the World

SINGAPORE — A new whitepaper issued in June by growth strategy consulting firm Solidiance, based in Singapore, has rated the top 10 highest “green” performing cities from around the world. Out of the top 10 rankings for green building performance, Paris ranked number one. Here is the complete list:

1. Paris
2. Singapore
3. London
4. Sydney

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